Looper (7-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering five hits and
allowing two runs. His last win came on May 24, against Pittsburgh.
"It's been a while," Looper said. "It was one of the better
games I've pitched this year. I haven't felt like this in a month.
For the most part, I was able to stay in the bottom of the zone."
Looper was traded to the Marlins by St. Louis in 1999. He was a reliever for most of his career.
Byung-Hyun Kim (4-5) pitched six-plus innings for Florida,
giving up five runs and eight hits. He walked seven and struck out
"I had too much time [between starts]," said Kim, whose last
start was July 5, at San Diego. "I relaxed too much."
Kennedy's solo home run in the sixth, his second of the year,
stretched the Cardinals' lead to 4-2. Kennedy, who hit his first
homer of the season Sunday night against Philadelphia, also had a
single and double in four at-bats Monday.
"I've been working at getting better at-bats the last couple
days," Kennedy said. "It's do-or-die now. A night like this is
really big at this time of year."
St. Louis added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by
Duncan to make it 5-2.
Miguel Cabrera led off the eighth with his 22nd home run, a shot
to right field off Ryan Franklin that made it 5-3. It was Cabrera's
fourth home run in three games.
After the game, the Marlins optioned RHP Wes Obermueller to
Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for RHP Rick Vanden Hurk, who was
slated to start Tuesday. ... Cabrera has homered the last three
times he has led off an inning. ... Cardinals 2B David Eckstein
struck out in the first inning on a pitch that hit him.